Tom & Jerry (film)

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For the 1992 animated film, see Tom and Jerry: The Movie (film).
Tom & Jerry
Tom & Jerry 2021 final poster.jpg
Teaser poster.
Production company Warner Bros. Animation Group
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date February 26, 2021
Run time 1:41:01
Starring Chloë Grace Moretz
Michael Peña
Colin Jost
Rob Delaney
Ken Jeong
Executive producer(s) Tim Story
Adam Goodman
Steven Harding
Sam Register
Jesse Ehrman
Allison Abbate
Music composed by Christopher Lennertz
Screenplay by Kevin Costello
Director(s) Tim Story

Tom & Jerry, also known as Tom & Jerry: The Movie, is an American live-action/2-D animated slapstick comedy film based on the animated Tom and Jerry theatrical shorts. It was distributed to theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures and streamed on HBO Max on February 26, 2021. It is written by Kevin Costello, produced by Chris DeFaria, and directed by Tim Story.

Kayla has to prove herself at the most prominent hotel in New York during the wedding of the century, which is at the mercy of the hijinks of Tom and Jerry.

In the film, all the animals are animated, with the humans acting as if this is perfectly normal.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Pigeon announcer Tim Story
Tom Cat T-Pain (singing)
William Hanna (vocal effects)
Real estate rat Utkarsh Ambudkar
Jerry Mouse Unavailable
Droopy Unavailable
John Legend (billboard) N/A
Passing son Jude Coward Nicoll
Passing father David Nolan
Person in park Haley Bishop
Male commuter Mark Wesley DeHaney
Female commuter Norma Butikofer
Kayla Forester Chloë Grace Moretz
Job hopper supervisor Craig Stein
Gavin Daniel Adegboyega
Linda Perrybottom Camilla Arfwedson
Ben Jacobson Colin Jost
Preeta Pallavi Sharda
Lola Christina Chong
Butch Nicky Jam
Lightning Joey Wells
Topsy Harry Ratchford
Meathead Na'im
Clyde N/A
Animal control officer Joe Bone
Terence Mendoza Michael Peña
Henry Dubros Rob Delaney
Goldie N/A
Josephine Pennybaker
Ezra Cornell
Chef Jackie Ken Jeong
Francois Unavailable
Joy Patsy Ferran
Cameron Jordan Bulger
Spike Bobby Cannavale
Toots Unavailable
Leo Edward Judge
Kayla's mother
Devil Tom Lil Rel Howery
Angel Tom Lil Rel Howery
Secret Squirrel
Mr. Mehta Ajay Chhabra
Elephant trainer Edward Dogliani
Cecil Unavailable
Malcolm Unavailable
Joe Buck (voice only) Himself
Big Al Gordon N/A
J.A Happ N/A
Mrs. Mehta Somi De Souza
Mr. Jacobson Patrick Poletti
Mrs. Jacobson Janis Ahern





  • Nothing of importance



A film was first announced in 2015, but didn't get real traction until 2018, when Tim Story was announced as director, using a script by Craig Wright, Katie Silberman, April Posser, and Kevin Costello.



The music was composed and conducted by Christopher Lennertz and Allan Wilson, respectively.



Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: February 26, 2021

Behind the scenes

  • Warner Bros. Pictures originally had it set for December 21, 2020, before pushing it back to March 5, 2021, and then finally a week earlier on February 26. Due to the 2019 COVID pandemic still active, the film was released to both theaters and streamed for subscribers of HBO Max.
  • Incidentally, a young(er) blonde female character called Robyn Starling also befriended Tom and Jerry in Tom and Jerry: The Movie, the last feature-length film to be released theatrically.
  • The billboard above the 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station advertises Droopy with clown make-up with the caption next to him reading "Put on a happy face," which is a reference to Warner Bros. 2019 film Joker. While in the pound, Droopy is wearing a mask like the one Hannibal Lecter wears in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.
  • The gag where Jerry punches Tom in the eye after pretending to hide something in his hands is copied from the theatrical short Mouse Trouble.
  • When Tom tells Kayla that there's a mouse in the hotel, he makes the same mouse-like face he has when he thinks he's a mouse in the theatrical short Nit-Witty Kitty.
  • Tom and Jerry have an Instagram account, and other social media platforms Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok are mentioned. Most of these are used by the series in real-life.
  • Jerry watches a scene of the 1974 film Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder.
  • Ben's surname isn't mentioned in the film but is used in the credits for his parents. Thank goodness.
  • The match at Yankee Stadium was pulled from a 2018 game between the Yankees and Royals.


  • The end credits show a cat called Ash voiced by Spank Horton, even though no such character appears.

Everlasting influence

  • The movie was (kinda) spun off into its own TV series called Tom and Jerry in New York, which premiered on HBO Max on July 1, 2021.
  • A poster of the film is on view at Warner Bros.' Burbank studio lot in the film Space Jam: A New Legacy.
  • In the Weekend Update section of the Saturday Night Live episode "Owen Wilson/Kacey Musgraves," Pete Davidson joked about Chris Pratt being hated after one movie, referring to his casting as Mario in a Super Mario movie, which he compared to Colin Jost in Tom & Jerry. He went on to say it was the perfect pandemic movie because it made sure there would be no large gatherings at movie theaters.

Marketing and promotion

During Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2020, the film was promoted with its own parade float called Tom & Jerry's Tourist Trap.

On February 24, 2021, Colin Yost was interviewed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

On the March 6, 2021 episode of the British variety show Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Tom and Jerry make special appearances in the End of the End Show segment. Tom Jones sings "Great Balls of Fire" while Jerry dances on the piano. Ant and Dec try to get rid of Jerry, and soon Tom gets in on the act, as well as Tom Jones himself. Ant and Dec thought he didn't want to perform with Tom and Jerry, but he didn't want to perform with Ant and Dec. Tom Jones then goes back to singing while the others dance.

Critical reception


In other languages

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Home availability